Emergency Hand Pumps

Boating safety dictates that you have a means of dewatering your vessel. That usually means a motorized bilge pump. However, if the bilge pump fails or drains the battery, you might need to manually dewater the boat. You can turn to an ordinary bucket to bail water, but buckets don’t fit well into small lockers or crowded bilge compartments. That’s where a manual pump comes in handy. The West Marine 36-inch manual bilge pump (about $55) has a narrow tube that fits into any compartment. It pumps 13 gallons per minute or 780 gallons per hour at a nominal pace. The lightweight pump and 72-inch hose are easy to stow; you can also use it to pump rainwater from boat covers and compartments. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done
Emergency Bilge Pump
A spare hand pump can keep the bilge and lockers dry.

Boating safety dictates that you have a means of dewatering your vessel. That usually means a motorized bilge pump. However, if the bilge pump fails or drains the battery, you might need to manually dewater the boat. You can turn to an ordinary bucket to bail water, but buckets don’t fit well into small lockers or crowded bilge compartments. That’s where a manual pump comes in handy. The West Marine…

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